Bible Polygyny

Jehovah said to Hosea, Go, take to yourself a wife of adultery and children of adultery. For the land has utterly gone lusting away from Jehovah. Hos 1:2.

 

In the Old Testament the faithful were blessed by God in basket and store as seen in Abraham and Isaac, (Gen.24:1,35, 26:12-14). Later, Moses reminded the people that obedience brought such blessings, (Deut.28:2-4). It is therefore a most wild and uniformed claim to say Jacob was a backslider and at a low spiritual ebb when he received four wives from his uncle Laban. God blessed both Jacob and Laban at the same time (Gen.12:1-3, 30:27, 43). If God blessed Jacob in basket and store and Laban because he had “blessed” Jacob with flocks and his two daughters, then Jacob was not a backslider, nor weak in faith. Also note Isaac's blessing to Jacob (Gen.27:28-29).

Jacob might have tricked his father into the blessing but the blessing stood according to prophecy,(
Gen.25:23) and immediately after the blessing Isaac sent Jacob to Pdan-aram, (Gen.28:1-5, 7). Not only so, but on the way to and from his uncle, Jehovah met Jacob and gave him promises and blessings, hardly the act of God towards a backslider and one weak of faith. On the way the Lord made promises in this passage:
Gen 28:13-15  And, behold, I am with you, and will keep you in every place where you go, and will bring you again into this land. For I will not leave you until I have done that which I have spoken of to you.

On the return, Jacob was blessed and his name changed to Israel, “for like a Prince you have power with God and with man you have prevailed” (Gen.32:24-28).

The polygamous supplanter called a Prince by God but a backslider & weak in faith by those, who in ignorance, fear and feel threatened by polygamy.

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